Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Open Access StarCAM - A 16K stereo panoramic video camera with a novel parallel interleaved arrangement of sensors

Download Article:
(PDF 10,464.2 kb)
The most common sensor arrangement of 360 panoramic video cameras is a radial design where a number of sensors are outward looking as in spokes on a wheel. The cameras are typically spaced at approximately human interocular distance with high overlap. We present a novel method of leveraging small form-factor camera units arranged in stereo pairs and interleaved to achieve a fully panoramic view with fully parallel sensor pairs. This arrangement requires less keystone correction to get depth information and the discontinuity between images that have to be stitched together is smaller than in the radial design. The primary benefit for this arrangement is the small form factor of the system with the large number of sensors enabling a high resolving power. We highlight mechanical considerations, system performance and software capabilities of these manufactured and tested imaging units. One is based on the Raspberry Pi cameras and a second based on a 16 camera system leveraging 8 pairs of 13 megapixel AR1335 cell phone sensors. In addition several different variations on the conceptual design were simulated with synthetic projections to compare stitching difficulty of the rendered scenes.
No References for this article.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: 3D; Camera; Panorama; Stereo; Stitching; VR; Video

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 13, 2019

More about this publication?
  • For more than 30 years, the Electronic Imaging Symposium has been serving those in the broad community - from academia and industry - who work on imaging science and digital technologies. The breadth of the Symposium covers the entire imaging science ecosystem, from capture (sensors, camera) through image processing (image quality, color and appearance) to how we and our surrogate machines see and interpret images. Applications covered include augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, machine vision, data analysis, digital and mobile photography, security, virtual reality, and human vision. IS&T began sole sponsorship of the meeting in 2016. All papers presented at EIs 20+ conferences are open access.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more